Did you Know: Brazilians are very optimistic and resourceful people withjeito- a belief that there is always a solution to every problem, even if it means bending the rules or employing a little well-placed nepotism. In 1989 the peaceful "Velvet Revolution" brought democracy to the Czech Republic. In 1993, again peacefully, the country divided into the Czech and Slovak republics in what became known as the "Velvet Divorce." In Romania, ordinary conversation can become quite loud and passionate; this is rarely a sign that an argument is taking place. Personal space in Egypt is very close; don't back away even if you feel that your personal space is being invaded, as this will be interpreted as rejection. Laughter and smiling in China is often the result of nervousness or miscomprehension. Irony and sarcasm are not generally recognized. If you are being sarcastic or wry, you will need to exaggerate it, since subtle attempts at irony will be misunderstood and could cause offense.Powell, Michael is the author of 'Express Yourself! The Essential Guide to International Understanding', published 2007 under ISBN 9780762744848 and ISBN 0762744847.